As I mentioned in my last two articles an over acidic body may cause many health problems including arthritic pain and inflammation and even osteoporosis. As a follow on, this week I will expand on the concerns of high levels of acid in the body leading to digestive problems.
For many years I have been focused on maintaining the right acid/alkaline balance in my body through diet as well as drinking barley grass every day in a juice, plus drinking alkalising water. Interestingly one of the benefits I noticed not long after starting my barley grass/juice regime was a dramatic improvement in my digestive system. All my life I had suffered from a very poor digestive system. I had tried many regimes and supplements with varying degrees of success. However, after focusing on alkalising my body, my digestive system improved 100%. To be quite honest I was absolutely stunned at the results as it wasn’t really a benefit I had expected.
This prompted me to do further investigations into why there had been such a significant improvement in my digestion. Once again putting it simply - for good digestion, our gut needs to produce hydrochloric acid help to digest our food. When our bodies are over acidic, the gut doesn’t produce hydrochloric acid thinking the body already has sufficient acid – hence the poor digestion. The other concern with poor digestion is undigested food becomes acidic in your stomach and intestines causing excessive acid to be absorbed into your bloodstream and being stored as fat.
The more research I did on maintaining the correct acid/alkaline balance the more I became convinced this was one of the keys to good health. Obviously eating the right foods is important. Ideally, we should eat 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic. Unfortunately, our western diet seems to be the opposite to this, with more of an overconsumption of acidic foods. However, for those wanting to find an easier way I suggest to at least drink alkalising water every day as well as drinking alkalising greens such as barely grass powder in juice. There are also several combinations of powdered alkalising greens available which are very popular.
Last year I also wrote about the benefits of collagen hydrolysate gelatin in healing the gut wall as well as helping digestion by improving gastric acid secretion. Often suffering from poor digestion can also mean suffering from leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome arises when large spaces occur between cells which make up the gut wall, allowing food, toxins and bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This then causes health issues such as food intolerances, skin allergies, inflammatory diseases as well as IBS. I therefore believe combining the barley grass powder with collagen hydrolysate gelatin is a great way to heal the gut and get our digestion back on track.
If you wish to check your acid/alkaline levels you may collect your FREE TEST KIT from our store as well as a chart setting out acid/alkaline foods.
For more information on this subject call in to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737. Don’t forget to tune in to Bev and Marianne on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.15pm on Go Get Healthy.